Joanne Hinkel

In San Fran, Happy Meals Will Soon Be Sad

Although Prop 19, legislation that would have legalized marijuana in California, didn't pass on Nov. 2, a new controversial bill has just gone into effect in the state: San Francisco passed an ordinance yesterday that prohibits toy giveaways in fast-food children's meals that have more than 35 percent of their calories from fat. Yes, kids,…
By: Joanne Hinkel / November 10, 2010

Is Having A Sister Better Than Having A Brother?

It strikes me as interesting that a short but sweet essay on the benefits of having a sister, called “Why Sisterly Chats Make People Happier,” has been one of the most popular articles on The New York Times website for over a week. The essay is in response to a recent Brigham Young…
By: Joanne Hinkel / November 3, 2010

According To Stephen Fry, Women Only Have Sex To Get A Relationship

British Actor Stephen Fry is the latest in a line of celebs to quit Twitter, but is the first to do so because he didn't like being called "sexist." The actor, who’s not such a big deal in the U.S. (though I loved him as Oscar Wilde in the 1997 film Wilde) is a…
By: Joanne Hinkel / November 1, 2010

Brainy Types Booze More — Are You Surprised?

Are you nursing a four-alarm hangover today? (Yeah, us too.) Were you an excellent student as a child? If your answers were "yes" and "yes" – that’s not a coincidence. This week, Psychology Today’s Satoshi Kanazawa blogged about a study which proves that intelligent people are more likely to drink. The study analyzed…
By: Joanne Hinkel / October 14, 2010

Risk Of Divorce Is Higher For Couples With Daughters — What?

Initially reading about this study made me sad, as I assumed there were some kind of sexist explanation for the statistic. headline made me sad 'cause it feels like there must be some kind of sexist reason behind it. But, thankfully, the r Apparently, past census data studies have revealed that couples ...But not that…
By: Joanne Hinkel / October 13, 2010

Kind Of Romantic: Sam Taylor-Wood’s “Ghosts” Photos

If you are a fan of the novel Wuthering Heights, then you’ve imagined the Gothic landscape upon which Catherine and Heathcliff’s tortured relationship played out. You can see if your imagination syncs with reality in Sam Taylor-Wood’s “Ghosts” photo exhibit, on view at the Brooklyn Museum of Art this fall. The snaps were taken i…
By: Joanne Hinkel / October 12, 2010

Behold, A Sculpture Made Out Of Underpants

Figuring out what to do with old or unwanted undies is quite the conundrum, am I right? You can't take them to the Salvation Army; you can't use them as dishrags 'cause that would be weird, but it feels wrong to throw them away. Swiss-born artist Pipilotti Rist figured out just how to…
By: Joanne Hinkel / September 30, 2010

Is It OK For An Elementary School Teacher To Have A Sordid Past?

How would you feel if you knew your young child's art teacher used to be a prostitute? This is the question at the heart of a news story making waves this week in New York City. Melissa Petro, a “well-liked” elementary school art teacher in the Bronx for the past three years, was recently reassigned…
By: Joanne Hinkel / September 28, 2010

What Does Lady Gaga’s Meat Dress Mean?

Leave it to the Brits to get philosophical about Gaga's dress, while we Americans are busy being freaked out by it. BBC News asked a group of experts to weigh in on what message Gaga was delivering by draping herself in cheap steak rather than couture. The so-called experts, who…
By: Joanne Hinkel / September 14, 2010

Our Crazy College Hookup Tales

While we may not miss early morning classes, soul-less buffet-filled dining halls and Cup 'O Noodle dinners, crazy roommates, or being piss poor, there are plenty of things we Frisky chicks miss about college. Freedom from the "real world" might just top that list. But coming in at a close second? Just how sexually…
By: Joanne Hinkel / September 9, 2010

Are My Husband And I Becoming The Same Person?

This was a few years back, but I’ll never forget the comment made by a new girlfriend of a friend upon meeting my husband and me for the first time: “Wow. You two look like brother and sister.” Um, thanks? I laughed off her remark, but, subconsciously, it did creep me out that we might…
By: Joanne Hinkel / September 3, 2010

US Open Tennis Players Get Goddess-Like For The NY Times

One great thing about the end of summer is that it's US Open time! Fans are getting stoked for the tennis tournament that starts today, particularly here in New York City, where the games are just a train ride away. As part of a larger feature on women's tennis, and to get everyone revved up,…
By: Joanne Hinkel / August 30, 2010

For One-Night Stands: Men Are Into A Hot Bod, Not A Pretty Face

Attraction is complicated – it’s about his personality, how he smiles, how he moves, and so much more. But in that first initial encounter it’s all about the face, right? Well, this may come as the no-duh news of the week, but for dudes it depends. A recent psychology study out of the…
By: Joanne Hinkel / August 27, 2010

Can Adolescent Boys Be Sex Offenders If They Don’t Understand Sex?

This week, two 11-year-old boys, who were sentenced to three years probation for sexually assaulting an 8-year-old girl, became the youngest sex offenders in Britain. Yet, it’s not clear whether they “assaulted” the girl or whether all three kids were engaging in the innocent, curious game of “show me yours and I’ll show you mine.”…
By: Joanne Hinkel / August 21, 2010

A Sports Bra That Works = Finally, I Could Jump For Joy

Scientists are finally working to remedy a problem that has plagued us big-chested ladies since we hit puberty: sports bras don't really work for us. Most athletic bras have a shelf that is about as effective at holding the twins in place as a band-aid is on a gaping wound, and the bras with cu…
By: Joanne Hinkel / August 20, 2010

8 Things To Do Before Summer Ends

It's officially past mid-August and somehow there's still so much I want to do this summer. My husband and I moved apartments in July, which means we were inside many weekend days over the past two months packing/unpacking. Sad! Well, we made it to Coney Island on July 4th for the hot dog-eating contest, to…
By: Joanne Hinkel / August 17, 2010

Bodybuilders Flex Their Femininity In NYC Art Exhibit

While any professional bodybuilder is a sight to behold, female bodybuilders are undoubtedly even more fascinating than their male counterparts -- for how they challenge expectations of gender. They morph their bodies into hyper-masculine, superhero-like proportions, turning the softness that typically characterizes a woman's curvy body to rock-hard muscle. Their rigorous weight-lifting literally leaves them…
By: Joanne Hinkel / August 13, 2010

Women Choose Sexier Outfits When They Ovulate

Ladies, we now have one more thing we can blame on hormones emitted during our menstrual cycle -- slutty sexy clothing choices. A new study from the University of Minnesota Carlson School of Management finds that during ovulation, women “dress to impress” and buy sexier clothing. Apparently, it's an unconscious choice, but we…
By: Joanne Hinkel / August 6, 2010

Girl Talk: Is The Computer Killing Our Close Friendships?

When it comes to my long-distance girlfriends, I know what it takes to keep those relationships tight despite the years and the miles apart: a willingness to pick up the phone. If we’re not having heart-to-hearts once in a while -- say, every couple of months -- then I’m not feeling like the connection i…
By: Joanne Hinkel / July 29, 2010

My First Time: The Revlon Walk For Women’s Cancers

As a busy New Yorker whose normal weeknight get-home time is 9 p.m. if not later, I’m pretty selfish about my Saturdays. There are no plans to be made before 2 p.m. -- no, I can’t get to that toddler’s birthday party in Brooklyn at noon; nope, I don't care if there's a free yoga…
By: Joanne Hinkel / April 30, 2010